Government Asking The Public For Comments On Loosening MPG Rules

The U.S. Government is asking for public participation in its ongoing review of vehicle fuel-efficiency standards enforced by the Obama administration.

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency said it was seeking public comments about the review order by President Donald Trump earlier this year, Automotive News reports.

“We want to increase public participation, listen to those impacted directly by our regulations and use the best available information and data to inform our regulatory actions,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The Trump administration is reviewing standards set by Obama for the 2022-2025 model years which aim to force automakers to achieve a fleetwide fuel efficiency average of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

From the moment Trump won last year’s election, carmakers appealed to him to loosen these standards believing they are too harsh and not accurately representative of consumer demand for gas-guzzling pickup trucks and SUVs.


  • Lazy, uninventive people.

  • Craig

    Proactively asking for the public’s opinion is EXACTLY what they should be doing. The country belongs to THEM after all.

    • Silimarina

      So US should be like Switzerland?

      • Craig

        ASKING for opinions doesn’t obligate anyone to do anything.

    • America’s Devolution

      Kinda like the FCC and net neutrality. Sure they asked for feedback, and got it in droves, but they are still going to screw us. So going through the motions when the EPA is now laden with Trump’s friends and family replacements of the swamp really means nothing. This isn’t for the people by the people, this is for the lobbyists by the lobbyists. It shows how much and how rapidly we are devolving from what needs to happen for the betterment of the majority in favorite of the betterment for the few.

      • I’mCallingYouOut


      • MarketAndChurch

        Yeah but a large number of Americans don’t want to have to pay a premium on a car just so that the Government can reach mpg goals. You’re talking like you’re some kind of defender of the people lol, but you’re sacrificing the poor and the middle class on the alter of your environmentalism. You’re right on net neutrality, but I think the Trump administration is on point with undoing CAFE.

    • Maricaibo

      Opinions are separate from facts. Everyone IS entitled to their own opinion but 32’/s/s is a fact and an opinion won’t change that.

      Regardless, Asia and Europe will still have stringent fuel economy and emissions standards so they’ll skip buying American cars and trucks, and we’ll buy clean, economical imports until electric autos are widespread. ICE engines are destined for race track, collector enthusiast and behind what was once the old Arco station.


    idk why there is like obama care for MPGs

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    One step forward, ten steps back.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      You have that backwards. We had gone hundreds of steps back but now we are finally moving forward. The 2025 deadline was an unrealistic joke used to virtue signal.

      • I’mCallingYouOut

        The thing that makes america great, is that we can agree to disagree.

      • Hell yeah! No more Obumer. That guy wanted to force me to drive cars that do 50mpg’s. Ridiculous. I love gas guzzlers. I want my car to do 15mpg. I love burning cash in my gas tank. But that Obozo wanted to save me money. What a clown.

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  • ejd1984

    Carmakers Say Trump Should Want a Deal to Boost U.S. Fuel Economy


  • FoxJ30

    This is attributed to Soichiro Honda: “When Congress passes new emission standards, we hire 50 more engineers and GM hires 50 more lawyers.”

    I think that’s the mindset we should all have. After all, who wants more lawyers?

    Toyota’s doing it with hybrids, Mazda’s doing it with lightweight cars and efficient engines – it’s achievable. Besides – nobody should want to be caught flat footed next time oil spikes to $100/barrel and gas shoots up to $4.50/gallon…

    • I’mCallingYouOut


  • SteersUright

    Remove the money from politics and you’ll actually be able to once again hear the real people’s opinions and concerns. As long as our system allows for billion dollar presidential election campaigns and lobbying rules Washington, only paid-for opinions will be heard over the clamor. This latest tactic is little more than a ruse, to pretend to care about the people’s thoughts and feelings, to gain some much needed support and approval.